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The Maidstone Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church, located in Maidstone, northern Saskatchewan, was a member of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, Rosthern District. It was organized in 1926 with 12 members under the leadership of John Bettcher. The congregation bought a house in 1937 that they used for a church. They moved this building into the town of Maidstone in 1943 and rebuilt it. In 1954 there were eight members with W. W. Martens as leader. The transition from German to English occurred in the 1940s. In 1955 there were 8 members.

In the early 1960s the church split and some members joined the Baptist Church for several years. The Northern Saskatchewan district made attempts to amalgamate the Maidstone and Lashburn Mennonite Brethren Churches in 1964, but they did not unite because the distance between the churches was too great and because there was a feeling that Lashburn could not serve Maidstone effectively. Throughout 1965 the Lashburn Baptists used the Maidstone facilities. Maidstone MB members suspended their own services but retained their MB memberships. The church was dissolved in 1967. The church building was sold to a private citizen and later to the Plymouth Brethren, and the proceeds of the sale were distributed to missions.

[edit] Bibliography

"Maidstone MB Church." Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Web. 29 July 2011. http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/published_genealogies/mb_provincial_conferences_and_church_congregation_records/saskatchewan_archives/maidstone_mennonite_brethren_church_archives/.

Archival Records

Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, MB: Volume 613, Reel 14.

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Denominational Affiliations:

Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches

Maidstone MB Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
John Bettcher 1926–1949
Emil Gripp 1950–1951
John Bettcher 1952–1953
W. W. Martens 1954–1956
Abram H. Dueck 1957–1958
Frank Dueck 1959–1960
Edwin Zimmerman 1961–1963
David Balzer 1963–1964


Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published July 2011


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Thiessen, Richard D. "Maidstone Mennonite Brethren Church (Maidstone, Saskatchewan, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2011. Web. 28 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maidstone_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Maidstone,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=115834.

APA style

Thiessen, Richard D. (July 2011). Maidstone Mennonite Brethren Church (Maidstone, Saskatchewan, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Maidstone_Mennonite_Brethren_Church_(Maidstone,_Saskatchewan,_Canada)&oldid=115834.




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